Real estate agent is sort of broking job. A real estate agent should work out a deal for a property sale between a prospective buyer and a prospective seller. It can be a job of high earning potential. But the real estate agent should work hard to achieve that. A lot of real estate agents work as consultants. It may not be their full-time job. This can be done during the free time of another full-time job. But such juggling of jobs needs high-energy quotient and expertise in time management. Since it is not a full-time job, there is no fixed salary. The real estate agent gets a fixed percent of total amount of land sale from both the buyer and the seller.
There is absolutely no limit for the salary of a real estate agent, when working as freelance consultant. As they say in advertisements, sky is the limit for the salary of land brokers. The harder one works and more sales one engineers, the more will be the money one earns. But for earning a good monthly income, the freelance real estate agents should be highly industrious and have good inter-personal communication skills. In general, real estate agents should be well versed with the value of a property. They should be able to do a quick valuation of the property and should be able to explain the aspects that influence the price of the property and convince both parties about a reasonable price.
There are plenty of real estate firms and agencies that employ real estate agents. In such firms, the agents have a fixed monthly salary. The salary varies from agency to agency. Usually it depends on the volume of business done by the agency. There are some agencies that provide a pay based on the number of real estate sales materialized by a particular employee. In general, the annual salary of a real estate agent, who works in any of the established firms, varies from $25000 to $75000. There are a minority of real estate agents who earn a salary even less than $25000. Some agents working in start-up companies only earn an annual salary of only $10000. Such a large variation of salary can be explained by the fact that some real estate agencies have more business volume than some of smaller fish in the real estate fray.
Also the commission-wise salary and sales-wise salary affect the annual pay. There are some months, especially in the winter months of November, December and January, in which conventionally real estate business are somewhat fewer. So in the case sales-wise salary structure, the salary suffers a dip in those months. But the sales move up from March to September. So will be the salary in those months.